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July 2, 2004

Early County- Every Wednesday for the past year, Early Countians have been marching for justice and the resignation of Sheriff Jimmy Murkerson.

Friday, they held a special rally commemorating 52 weeks of hitting the streets and lifting their voices.

Rain or shine each week the protesters have converged on the courthouse steps just outside the sheriff's department. They say the marches have brought attention to courtroom misconduct, poor jail conditions and law enforcement abuse.

"The entire community is really beginning to wake up and realize that this is our community and if we don't say anything and we don't stand up then it will be the same way 50 years from now," says Blakely City Councilman Torre Mills.

The series of marches began after a grand jury refused to indict Murkerson on charges that he violated state law by using inmates to work on his family's property.

Posted at 5:55 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com